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A museum located in Richmond, Virginia, that introduces visitors to the Federal Reserve. The museum is a field trip destination for middle and high school students, as well as college and adult groups.

Teacher Collaborative Committee

Teachers Collaborative Committee Charlotte

The Teacher Collaborative Committee supports the Bank’s development and delivery of economic and financial education resources and programs. The committee consists of high school economics and personal finance teachers from Virginia, D.C., Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

2021 Teacher Collaborative Committee Members

From left to right:
­Top row: Michael Baker (Crossland High School), Shannon Ison (Landstown High School), William Chappell (HCS Early College High School), Sara Ostergaard (Irmo High School)­
Middle row: Sabrina Cheek (Fairfield Central High School), Renee Hopper (Thomas Stone High School), Daniel Murphy (Suitland High School), Jill Sukens (Petersburg High School), Dennis A. Roos (Gaithersburg High School)­
Bottom row: Mike Mueller (Gaithersburg High School), Wendy Faircloth (VirtualSC), Windy Middleton-Glahn (John Handley High School), Andy Harper (Kearns Academy).

  • Meet the Teachers
    TCC member Michael Baker

    Michael Baker

    School: Crossland High School

    Camp Hill, MD

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Coin collecting

    If I weren’t teaching, I’d… “would work in the financial services industry”.

    Favorite quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”  — Kevin Durant

    TCC member William Chappell

    William Chappell

    School: HCS Early College High School

    Conway, SC

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking and traveling

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”be a lobbyist for education or medical research.”

    Favorite quote: “There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” —Colin Powell

    How would you describe a perfect day? “My perfect day would be a day where I can spend time with my family uninterrupted at the beach or in the mountains or in a city we’ve never been to and just enjoy God’s creation.”

    TCC member Sabrina Cheek

    Sabrina Cheek

    School: Fairfield Central High School
    Winnsboro, SC

    Member since: 2021

    Favorite hobby: “Traveling with my family If I weren’t teaching I’d be...a marine biologist! I absolutely love studying marine wildlife!”

    If I weren’t teaching I’d be...”a marine biologist! I absolutely love studying marine wildlife!”

    Favorite quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

    How would you describe a perfect day? “A perfect day to me is a day spent with my fiancée and our 5 children on a tropical beach relaxing and playing.”

    TCC member Wendy Faircloth

    Wendy Faircloth

    School: VirtualSC

    Columbia, SC

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: “Indoors, my favorite way to relax is to read. Outdoors, I love boating with my family.”

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be traveling. My family and I love both domestic and international travel. We love non-tourist type travel where we really interact with people and learn about other cultures.”

    Favorite quote: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we may leave behind.” — C.S. Lewis

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Springtime in the mountains, relaxing and enjoying the company of good friends, flowing wine and excellent conversation.”

    TCC Member Andrew Harper

    Andy Harper

    School: Kearns Academy

    High Point, NC

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Outdoor activities

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… "be rich. But life would be less rewarding."

    Favorite quote: “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest to God.” — Ronald Reagan

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Nice weather, healthy and around friends and family."

    TCC 2019-20 Member Renee Hopper

    Renee Hopper

    School: Thomas Stone High School

    Waldorf, MD

    Member of TCC since: 2019

    Favorite Hobby: Traveling, creative arts and crafts.

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “spend most of my time traveling.”

    Favorite quote: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think…” —  A. A. Milne

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Traveling with my family, experiencing new things and creating new memories.”

    TCC member Shannon Ison

    Shannon Ison

    School: Landstown High School

    Virginia Beach, VA

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Traveling, NJROTC Mom stuff, attending concerts, sporting events.

    If I weren’t teaching, I’d… "be working in a museum for the National Park Service or some type of public service work."

    Favorite quote: "Life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured." — Fred Leblanc

    How would you describe a perfect day? "Do I have to have just one perfect day? A day trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my family, spending time driving on the 4x4 beaches, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine."

    TCC member Windy Middleton-Glahn

    Windy Middleton-Glahn

    School: John Handley High School

    Winchester, VA

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Cooking

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “be laying on the beach with my toes in the sand.”

    Favorite quote: “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.” — Ella Fitzgerald

    How would you describe a perfect day? “A day that has no challenges or obstacles. One that will bring a smile to my face.”

    TCC member Mike Mueller

    Mike Mueller

    School: Gaithersburg High School

    Gaithersburg, MD

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Woodworking

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… “probably be working out of my workshop.”

    Favorite quote: “It’s not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get back up.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Finishing  a project around the house, then spending time with my wife and kids, ending with a movie night on the couch.”

    TCC member Daniel Murphy

    Daniel Murphy

    School: Suitland High School

    Prince George’s County, MD

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Hiking

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”like to be playing professional baseball.”

    Favorite quote: “When you focus on the good, the good gets better.”

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Sunny day on the beach in a lawn chair.”

    TCC member Ms. Ostergaard

    Sarah Ostergaard

    School: Irmo High School

    Columbia, SC

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Reading or playing board games with friends

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… "be sailing all over the world."

    Favorite quote: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” — Albert Einstein

    How would you describe a perfect day? "My perfect day would be spent at the beach with my family in the fall or spring. Salt water, warm sun, walking on the sand along the surf… perfect!"

    TCC member Dennis A. Roos

    Dennis A. Roos

    School: Gaithersburg High School

    Montgomery County, MD

    Member of TCC since: 2021

    Favorite Hobby: Golf

    If I weren’t teaching I’d… be living near a beach.

    Favorite quote: “The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    How would you describe a perfect day? “Great food, shared with good friends, after an honest day of work. End with a good book, and some quiet time in prayer.”

    TCC member Jill R. Sukens

    Jill R. Sukens

    School: Petersburg High School

    Petersburg VA

    Member of TCC since: 2019

    Favorite Hobby: Community service, cooking and baking, arts & crafts

    If I weren’t teaching I’d…”be traveling internationally around the world.”

    Favorite quote: “Unless a piece really said something, I had no interest in it. I have got to know that I have served some purpose here. My gratification in working comes from the preparation and the building of the character. I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.” — Cicely Tyson

    How would you describe a perfect day? “The night before, I would create a Not-to-Do List. Next, I would set my clock to a wake up time to start being proactive in realizing my short term and long term goals.”

  • 2021 Member Meetings
    DateMeeting

    January 27, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    TCC Kick-off Meeting

    February 24, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Focus Group Discussion

    April 28, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Fed Resources to Share at PD and Conferences

    June 30, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Economic Research Q&A Writing

    August 25, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    College and Career Readiness

    October 27, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Focus Group Discussion

    December 1, 2021
    4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    TCC Program Review

     

  • Opening slide to welcoming presentation

    1 of 11 The first virtual TCC brings together economics and personal finance teachers from around the Richmond Fed's District.

  • Opening at the meeting

    2 of 11 Committee members get to know each other and share their goals for the year.

  • Group shot of TCC members in attendance via Zoom

    3 of 11 Participants attended the inaugural 2021 meeting via Zoom.

  • Screenshot of the February Zoom TCC meeting

    4 of 11 At the February 24 meeting, members participate in a focus group on the educational impacts of the pandemic.

  • Screenshot of the February Zoom TCC meeting

    5 of 11 Members share their experiences teaching during the pandemic at a focus group discussion facilitated by Regional Economist, Laura Ullrich

  • The April Meeting begins

    6 of 11 Members hear about Fed resources and share their feedback at the April meeting.

  • TCC members do an activity on entrepreneurship

    7 of 11 Members participate in the 4 Corners activity on entrepreneurship.

  • TCC member make monetary policy

    8 of 11 Members make monetary policy decisions in the Chair the Fed activity.

  • Intern introduction

    9 of 11 Economic Education interns, Vivian and Lucas, participate in our June meeting.

  • Breakout session during June 2021 meeting

    10 of 11 Members work in groups to write and review questions for Reading Q&As.

  • End of the meeting

    11 of 11 Members discuss teaching resources they've used with their students.